• Photo by TyKisha Presley
    After bringing his portfolio to show Groesbeck EDC Executive Director TyKisha Presley on January 10, mural artist Tony Bryant returned to Groesbeck for research purposes to ensure the mural he paints on the corner of Ellis and Navasota will be representative of the true spirit of the town.
  • Photo contributed by Tony Bryant
    At the Waco Cultural Arts Fest in 2015, Bryant painted a mural depicting the early years in downtown Marlin on a large canvas, where he was approached by adults and children alike. “Little kids come up and I let them paint a little bit on it, I was talking to em and teaching ‘em about art,” Bryant said.
  • Photo contributed by Tony Bryant
    Artist Tony Bryant designed and painted a 70 foot mural featuring 3D art and LEDs for Guthrie Trailer Sales, Inc. off I-35 in Waco that captured the essence of the city in a bold, eye-catching way. Bryant can’t wait to get to work on the wall in old downtown that will make up a side of the Parkette coming later this spring.
  • Photo contributed by Tony Bryant
    One project under artist Tony Bryant’s belt is a community day in Marlin sponsored by HEB, where he painted barrels with Texas themed artwork and portraits of important people as well as local veterans. The barrels were filled and distributed throughout town as a beautification project.

Mural Artist Chosen for Local Downtown Parkette

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Writer

Though no visible changes have been made yet on the corner of Navasota and Ellis St., where the Parkette will be built sometime this spring, Groesbeck Economic Development Corporation's Executive Director TyKisha Presley is working hard behind the scenes to solidify a timeline and talking with the people who will play a major role in the completion of the project. Wednesday, January 10th, mural artist Tony Bryant came to Groesbeck to show his portfolio and see the space he will be working with.

"When he first saw that wall, he said ‘It's a canvas!’ This man hugged the wall when he saw it." Presley laughed.

She met Bryant in Buffalo when he spoke at a Central East Texas Alliance (CETA) workshop about an art project he did in Marlin. Though at that time the building on the corner of Ellis and Navasota wasn’t even torn down yet, she knew he was the man for the job.

“I’ve been painting all my life, can’t do anything else,” Bryant said. “Some things are meant to be. You called me at a great time because I just got through with Killeen. You guys know what you want, it's just a matter of putting it all together. I want to get it done.”

Bryant has been an artist his whole life, working for companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola in Houston before leaving "corporate America" at age 30 to pursue creative freedom as a freelance artist. He has done projects in other states and all over Texas, including an a 70 foot mural off I-35 in Waco a couple years back, a large mural honoring veterans in Falls County, and barrel painting in Marlin that was very much a community affair.

“HEB came and sponsored Earth Day and all the kids came out,” Bryant said. “It was a community thing. I did all of the art and they came out and filled up all of the barrels and put them all throughout the town. Some people took ‘em home with them.”

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